The 2020 NFL Draft (the virtual version) is in the books. It was the most-watched draft in recent history. Some teams took a chance on players in the first round, others were sure-fire first-rounders. And, there were those picked in the later rounds (3rd-7th), drafted in those spots as the “best players available.” Those late-round picks will now compete to show that they are worthy to be a pro, looking to make the best of a life-changing opportunity to play in the NFL.
WR Antonio Gibson, 6-0, 228, Memphis: Made 38 catches for 735 yards receiving and 8 TDs; 365 yards rushing yards and 4 TDs; 645 kick off return yards, 1 TD. Totaled 1749 all-purpose yards, averaging 18.6 yards per play in 2019. Ranked 1oth in the FBS in kick-off return yardage. Gibson ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
LB Zack Baun, 6-2, 238, Wisconsin: 76 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks in 2019. As a Consensus All-American, he ranked 9th in the FBS in sacks. Baun fills a much-needed position on the defensive side of the ball.
WR Lynn Bowden, 5-11, 204, Kentucky: As a Consensus All-American, he garnered 1468 rushing yards for the Wildcats in 2019. He passed for 403 yards and 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Bowden also totaled 348 yards receiving and a touchdown. Bowden racked up 220 yards in kick-off returns and 53 punt return yards. 2089 all-purpose yards. Ranked 10th in the FBS in rushing.
TE Harrison Bryant, 6-5, 243, Florida Atlantic: Named a Consensus All-American and the John Mackey Award winner as the Most Outstanding Tight End in the country. Bryant made 65 catches, 1004 yards, and 7 TDs. Ran a 4.73 40-yard dash at the Combine.
QB Jacob Eason, 6-6, 231, Washington: Signed with Georgia in 2016, transferred to Washington in 2018. Sat out a year and became the starter in 2019. Threw for 3132 yards, 23 TDs, and 8 interceptions. Career numbers: 5590 passing yards, 39 TDs, and 16 INTs.
WR Gabriel Davis, 6-2, 216, UCF: Led the AAC in receiving yards and ranked 8th in FBS with 1241 yards, 12 TDs. He averaged 17 yards per catch.
DE Rashard Lawrence, 6-2, 308, LSU: Played in 44 games in his career with the Tigers. Recorded 28 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks during LSU’s national title run.
S L’Jarius Sneed, 6-0, 193, La. Tech: Recorded 3 interceptions while making 73 tackles for the Bulldogs.
CB Amik Robertson, 5-8, 187, La. Tech: As an FWAA All-American, Robertson made 5 interceptions and 60 tackles. He tied for 7th in FBS in interceptions. Robertson led the FBS in passes defended with 16, and ranks 3rd in C-USA in career passes defended with 34.
LB Shaq Quarterman, 6-0, 234, Miami (FL.): Recorded 107 tackles and 15 tackles for loss for the Hurricanes. He totaled 356 tackles in his career.
WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, 6-4, 223, Liberty: Led the Independents in receiving yards with 1396 yards on 79 catches. For his career, he totaled 2433 receiving yards and 20 TDs.
DE Bradlee Anae, 6-3, 257, Utah: A Consensus All-American for the Utes, Anae ranked 7th in the FBS in sacks with 13. He also recorded 41 tackles and 14 TFL’s. Totaled 30 career sacks in his career at Utah.
WR Quez Watkins, 6-0, 185, Southern Miss: Led C-USA in receiving yards with 1145 yards on 63 catches. Ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
WR James Proche, 6-0, 193, SMU: Ranked #2 in AAC in receiving yards with 1225 yards on 111 catches. Totaled 3949 yards and 39 TDs in his career with the Mustangs.
LB Evan Weaver, 6-2, 237, California: As a Consensus All-American, led FBS and the PAC-12 in tackles with 182, to go along with 11 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Totaled 407 tackles in his career.
RB Eno Benjamin, 5-9, 207, Arizona State: 1083 yards rushing and TDs for the Sun Devils in 2019, along with 347 receiving yards and 2 TDs. His career numbers: 2867 rushing yards and 27 TDs.
QB Cole McDonald, 6-3, 215, Hawaii: Ranked 7th in the FBS in passing with 4135 yards and 33 TDs and 14 INTs, while rushing for 383 yards and 7 TDs. His career numbers: 8010 yards and 69 TDs and 24 INTs.
QB Nate Stanley, 6-4, 235, Iowa: passed for 2951 yards and 16 TDs and 7 INTs. For his career, Stanley passed for 8240 yards and 68 TDs and 23 INTs.
And introducing Mr. Irrelevant: LB Tae Crowder of Georgia, selected by the Giants.
Worthy to be a Pro-A Life-changing Opportunity to Play in the NFL
There have been many players selected in the middle and late rounds that went on to become NFL Hall of Famers as well as productive starters, such as Tom Brady (selected in the 6th round) and Dak Prescott (selected in the 4th round).
Assuming there are NFL training camps and an NFL season on the horizon, the players listed above will literally hit the ground running, learning playbooks to impress the coaches and hopefully, to earn a roster spot.
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